MSU alumnus endows, inaugurates art department lecture series

October 12th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU alumnus endows, inaugurates art department lecture series


By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A Starkville native and graduate of Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design will serve Thursday [Oct. 15] as the inaugural guest speaker for a new lecture series he and his wife are endowing at the university.

With their $25,000 donation to the MSU Foundation, Eric and Gina Yonge have established the Eric and Gina Yonge Lecture Series in the university’s art department. The purpose of the series is to prepare fine arts students for life after college by engaging them in thoughtful discussions about how to market themselves and their talents.

Free to all, Yonge’s presentation titled “ReVision” takes place at 3 p.m. in Giles Hall’s Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

President and creative director of Kennesaw, Georgia-based EYStudios, Yonge will advise students on how to effectively become a critical part of any organization, as well as develop business leadership potential.

Since its inception more than a decade ago, the e-commerce brand development company has specialized in user experience and product merchandising. For more, see

Additional details about Yonge’s campus visit are available from Angi Bourgeois, associate professor and interim art department head, at 662-325-2970 or

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